Welcome to the Green Apple Photography Blog. By viewing my stories and images, you will get a glimpse into my shooting style and personal experiences. My mission is to get you excited about your family portraits, about the moments I capture of your gorgeous children and the beauty of your pregnant body. I want you to share them with your friends and family and to see quality and artistry in every image.

For the many people who share their comments, stories, and lives with me, thank you!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Elmira Children's Photographer. Mommy boost

I've seen a lot of posts on social media which are meant to boost moms up and I kinda like it.  And I think that if more people share, the more moms will feel ok with stuff like this. 

I don't know where it comes from, exactly, but sometimes we feel self conscious, uncomfortable or downright ugly.  We all feel it sometimes.  But I think it is important that we don't pass that on to our kids.  It is important that they don't see the anxiety about wearing a bathing suit, or the way we describe that photo of ourselves.  We can stop the cycle if we just stop. 

So if you are in for a few moments of mommy boosting - check out these articles here:

Moms- Put on the swimsuit
The Mom Stays in the Picture

Feel free to add more of your favourite articles in the comments below.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Elmira Family Photographer. bravery beads

I met this family in Elmira's South Park Woods.  One of my new fave places to photograph families.  It has a woodsy feel and a few places for kids to run around.  There are lots of sticks to collect, stumps to jump off of and leaves to throw around.

This family was selected as one of my 33rd birthday winners and they were nominated by 2 different people.  Their daughter Ella - at only 10 months old - has been through a lot in her very young life.  And her parents and big brother have gone through it with her.  You can see from the exceptionally large number of bravery beads that this girl is pretty much amazing.  So we celebrated her and her amazing family with photos!

Kristen,  thank you so much for inviting me to capture your family.  You are a wonderful bunch - full of love and support and very much due for a relaxing summer!  Please enjoy a few of my favourites from our session!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Elmira Children's Photographer. Why not the disk of images

As a mom, I'm busy.  Busy taking care of my family, running my business, my house and my life.  And I know you are too.  You're racing to daycare or school, heading to work,  thinking about what to make for dinner (ugh!! my least favourite part of the day), making dinner, getting the kids into bed and then (hopefully) enjoying a few moments of peace and quiet.  We do it every. single. day.  Run here, there and everywhere.  Even on the days we take it easy or pamper ourselves, it still feels like we don't have a spare second. 
So when you invest in family photography - I know you want the disk of images.  I know that it is valuable and I know you have big plans.  You want to create a scrapbook, a family wall grouping, a printed album for grandma.  You want to share on facebook, and print a few to replace the outdated ones on the side table.  You have beautiful, big plans.  And your family doesn't deserve any less.

A few years ago, I recognized that those things just weren't getting done.  The to-do list was not getting shorter, it was getting longer.  That the "every day" was prolonging the "some day..." And yes, I still have a dozen (or so) frames under my bed that I planned to use for a big family gallery wall.  But the truth (and reality) is that it isn't getting done.

And I began to recognize the same in my clients.  They don't have time to order a print, find a frame, put image in the frame, plan the wall grouping, and finally hang the images.  They would rather spend their free moments playing with the kids, enjoying time with friends and family, going out on a date with their spouse and enjoying their lives. 

So is it really the disk of images you want?  or is it the finished product?  The gorgeous canvas showing that moment between your kids, the grouping above the fireplace telling a story about your family or that feeling you get when you walk past your family up on the wall.  That's what you really want!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Elmira Children's Photographer. NAPCP Challenge

The warm weather has finally arrived and I'm happy to say I've been busy behind (and a little in front of the camera) lately. 

Leading up to Mother's Day NAPCP (National Association of Professional Child Photographers) posted a challenge to its members and beyond about putting ourselves in front of the camera with our kids...I put the challenge out too and the results were beautiful.  But don't stop now - put yourself in the images with your cute kiddos....and selfies count!!  If you are using social media, post them with #mompluscamera and we can all share!

Here is one of my fave recent shots with the Charlie.

Also - side note - I'm now a proud member of NAPCP!  Yay!